As the 2020 DeKalb County middle school basketball season moves into its final week of play there are no undefeated teams in boys’ action following a 56-49 victory by the Champion Chargers over the Salem Lions last Saturday night.
Champion was in bounce back mode after suffering its first loss of the season just three days earlier 50-40 to Chamblee as the Lions headed to Stone Mountain for the collision of region leaders.
Joshua Westbrook hit a pair of big three-pointers down the stretch for the Chargers (10-1, 6-0) to go with the board work by Jahnathan Crayton and Peyton Marshall (came off the bench in the second half). Crayton got some clutch offensive put backs to hold off Salem’s late run while Marshall pulled down some big boards in the second half.
Salem fell to 10-1 overall, but still leads the Region 3 standings at 7-0. Both teams have secured the region titles and No. 1 seeds heading into next week’s tournament.
Lithonia and Chapel Hill secured their respective region titles over the weekend while potential ties loom in Region 1 and Region 2 with two games remaining on the schedules.
Champion, Stephenson and Druid Hills are all 7-4 on the season and 4-2 in region play having each beating each other once along the way. All three teams have two games remaining in non-region play which could determine the seeding.
Tucker (10-1, 7-1) and Chamblee (10-1, 6-1) could end in a tie for the region title with a Chamblee win over Sequoyah on Wednesday (1/22/20).
Lithonia 38, Miller Grove 25
The Lithonia Lady Bulldogs finished off their week with a 38-25 win over the Miller Grove Lady Wolverines in a region contest.
Lithonia (9-2, 6-1) secured the Region 3 title with the win behind 22 points from Alika Daugherty. Miller Grove (4-7, 1-6) dropped its seventh consecutive contest after an exciting 4-0 start to the season.
Champion 39, Salem 19
The Champion Lady Chargers started a sweep of Salem (5-6, 4-3) on Saturday with a 39-19 win over the Lady Lions.
Saniyah Rice led the way with a game-high 17 points for Champion (7-4, 4-2) with teammate Kennedi Watson chipping in 9.
Redan 45, Cedar Grove 24
The Redan Lady Raiders upped their mark to 5-6 overall with a 45-24 win over the Cedar Grove Lady Saints (1-10).
Heaven Jenkins led the way for Cedar Grove hitting for 11 points and grabbing 8 rebounds.
Salem 43, Miller Grove 24
A game that got rescheduled to a Thursday night had Salem knocking off Miller Grove 43-24. Brooklyn Scrubb scored 17 points for Miller Grove.